This week we bring you the Weedsel – with a twist. Not only is it a double-header, these two weedsels are the equivalent of Kingpins in the government’s hostile takeover of the Canadian cannabis industry.
They are also staunch enemies, with the current Kannabis Kingpin having disposed of the mastermind of the ‘Licensed Producer’ in a nasty election by promising to legalize. Instead he just created a new drug cartel that uses your tax dollars to pay their enforcers. I don’t think that picking Blair to handle cannabis legalization or the number of former cops involved was / is an accident.
I am, of course, talking about Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau. While the extent of their possible personal investment or involvement with the production and sale of cannabis, if any, is unknown, it can’t be discounted. Their political involvement is well known, but being the shot callers, they keep their hands clean. I bet the sale of brown paper bags has skyrocketed in Ottawa as LP’s for a piece of the cannabis pie, a la brown-bag Brian.
Let us start with the founding father of warehouse weed, Stephen Harper, the Alt-Right dishonorable former Prime Minister. Mr. Harper was and remains staunchly anti-cannabis. Through a series of court decisions, he discovered he couldn’t arrest medical patients so he decided to take away our gardens. He devised the LP scheme with the idea that they would be the only people allowed to grow in Canada. This gave the initial 4 or 5 growers a captive customer base of approximately 40,000 sick Canadians. The cannabis community would have none of it and had their growing rights reinstated through court decisions, but the deliberate assault on our charter rights had the intended effect. The several years between losing our grow rights and having them reinstated gave the LP industry the foothold they needed.
Weedsel Harper when asked about ending prohibition answered “not on my watch” and once said cannabis is “infinitely more dangerous than tobacco”, but he was excited when he announced a multi-billion dollar cannabis industry. His side-kick, raunchy Rona was ‘outraged’ that patients had their right to use edibles and oils affirmed. Interesting that one of his head cabinet ministers in Fantino ended up a weedsel too. Coincidence? While Stephen Harper has, thankfully, mostly disappeared, his successor has expanded the Canadian Cannabis Cartel,his suppliers, it’s customer base and it’s enforcement techniques.
Justin Trudeau was swept to power on a promise to ‘legalize marijuana’. What he failed to disclose was that instead of legalization, he was in fact giving us prohibition 2.0.
The exclusive government approved producers swelled to the current 84 in anticipation of legalization in July, 2018. While they have made some concessions regarding craft-growers that is a step in the right direction, the LP’s have been given an unfair advantage and head start in a deliberate move to minimize the micro-grow impact on sales.
While Justin has always been pro-cannabis, as were his mom, dad and brothers, he recently referred to black market sellers as organized crime and lurking in stairwells. Really? Where did he and his entitled family get their stash? He has hinted at pardons for previous minor cannabis convictions, but introduced a whole host of Charter defying new laws designed to protect their turf. Like any drug cartel, they are nothing without threats and armed thugs to carry them out on command. People are free to buy and smoke cannabis as long as they buy from the cartel. Mr. Trudeau has made so many screw ups on the road to legalization that it’s mind-boggling to anyone with a passing knowledge of the culture. From naming Bill Blair as legalization ‘point man’ to failing to immediately decriminalize to allowing medical producers to have an unfair advantage in the recreational market and about a 150 points in between, he has shown he is clueless…or diabolical.
Despite Harper and Trudeau’s best efforts, they have not yet succeeded and we have been presented an opportunity to turn the tables. It’s gonna be an uphill climb given the political favours given to the LP’s, but we can still win. Some provinces have plans for private retailers, and if craft growers became their suppliers, we can impact the LP’s bottom line. Not one of these companies have turned a dime of profit and I’d really like to see it stay that way.
It’s a win-win for consumers and the small business cannabis grower and seller. We not only retain the same great product we’ve always had, it will now be tested and sold at your local dispensary. Boycott the LP’s and support your local craft grower. We also have the right to grow and share with friends and I encourage everyone to do just that. Take the cash out of the people’s plant.
Stephen Harper introduced the LP’s to try to corner the medical market for a select few. What if any incentives or rewards he received for this decision will forever be a mystery. It may very well have just been payback aimed at medical patients for the embarrassing losses he suffered in court.
Justin Trudeau tried to foil Canadians with prohibition 2.0 advertised as legalization. He promised us a system that would set the standard for the rest of the world. The world is watching – let’s show them that government cannot control our plant.
Two ‘men’, one cannaphobic, the other one cannaneutral, fierce enemies with views at the opposite end of the political spectrum… both dangerous, despicable Weedsels.